Worker safety is extremely important to businesses across the country, especially if you’re in the business of construction. Why? This field typically see the most workplace injuries and unfortunately deaths. Construction workers are exposed to many dangerous situations on the job when compared to the average desk position, including high heights and hazardous equipment. Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths in 2018 were in construction, according to OSHA.
According to EHS Today, each day on average two construction workers die of work-related injuries. What is known to the construction industry as the “Fatal Four”, OSHA breaks down the leading causes of worker deaths in construction which accounted for over half of construction worker deaths in 2018. By eliminating the Fatal Four, almost 600 workers’ lives in the United States would be saved in every year.
EHS Today provides this important infographic with accidents statistics from Wilson Kehoe Winingham LLC below:
Health and Safety Apps Your Construction Employees Need on Their Smartphones
As smartphones are now the new norm, and apps range from mobile banking to realty to social media, we decided to break down some of the top health and safety apps that could be extremely beneficial to those working in construction.
- First Aid App
The First Aid App was created by the American Red Cross and has helpful information with simple instructions which allow workers to quickly address accidents and serious injuries. The app has videos, interactive quizzes, and step-by-step advice to make first aid easy.
- OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool
This app provides real-time heat index and hourly forecasts specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH. If a construction worker is working outside, it’s helpful to know plan out the day knowing how hot it will be.
- Ladder Safety
As one of the top dangers for construction workers is falls, the Ladder Safety app created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health is extremely helpful. This app was dedicated to ensuring the safety of extension ladder users by developing and easy-to-use interactive ladder app for smartphones. Users will find graphic-oriented interactive reference materials, safety guidelines, checklists, inspection, accessorizing, and use.
- Decibel: dB Sound Level Meter
The Decibel Meter app description explains that this app provides quick and easy sound measurement allowing users to keep track of the noise around them. This app will help workers avoid dangerous noise levels.
- iAuditor: Inspections & Audits
For those conducting inspections and audits on construction sites, this app is great. Users have utilized this app for running risk assessments, creating incident reports, analyzing job safety, and more. By digitizing a paper-based system, the easy to use iAuditor App has the ability to create custom templates, scan existing PDF files, or build an inspection form from scratch.
- Lift-All Sling Calculator
The Lift-All Sling Calculator was designed to assist users in selecting the appropriate size slings for lifting applications.
- Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide
The Chemical Hazards Pocket Guide assists users by both recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. The information provided is a concise source of general industrial hygiene information for construction workers. Each chemical is listed with aliases and trade names as well as descriptions on whether its dangerous to touch, inhale, if it’s flammable, and more.
- Personal Safety App: Rave Guardian
The Rave Guardian app is a custom-branded personal safety application that helps businesses both connect and engage with their employees wherever they are. With the push of a button users can instantly be connected to 9-1-1 in the case of an emergency with the ability to send a text message, photo, and share their location in real-time.
Users can also send in anonymous tips or initiate a two-way chat to prevent dangerous situations, for example, if a workers notices somebody on the jobsite wasn’t wearing all of their required PPE (personal protective equipment) they can send that tip in to a safety professional who can then make a call on how to address the problem. Employers also have the ability to send geo-targeted alerts to employees as well as check in on employees.
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